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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Aug. 1

02 Aug 2021, 15:44 GMT+10

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that Iran was behind the deadly drone attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman last week.

"I declare unequivocally: Iran carried out the attack against the ship," Bennett said at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting. (Israel-Ship Attack-Iran)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Unknown gunmen ambushed the motorcade of a senior security official in Yemen's southern province of Abyan on Sunday, a government official told Xinhua.

"The soldiers of the convoy clashed with assailants during the ambush on the outskirts of Zinjibar, capital of Abyan Province, and managed to rescue the security leader," the local government source said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Ambush-Security Official)

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DAMASCUS -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday renamed Hussein Arnous as prime minister and ordered him to form a new government, according to the state news agency SANA.

The order came after Assad took the oath on July 17 for his fourth term in office after winning the presidential elections in May. (Syria-Assad-Cabinet-PM)

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NTCHEU, Malawi -- At least 19 people were killed in a road accident involving a coaster and two trucks that collided in the early hours of Sunday in Malawi's central border district of Ntcheu.

Spokesperson for Ntcheu district council, Maston Kaiya, confirmed the accident and the death of the 19 people on the country's backbone road, M1. (Malawi-Road Accident-Casualty)

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